2021 Dream-Catcher Challenge Week #17

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

I’m not going to say that I dropped the ball on my blog and this challenge (I am trying to think and speak more positively), but I was avoiding my blog for a little while. Life was hectic and stressful and I was feeling anxious and depressed. This blog has always brought me joy in good times and shoulders to cry on through the struggles. This time around, I wanted to work through my challenges more quietly. Too often in my life, the things that I avoid the most end up being exactly what I need. My dear friend Lupe reminded me of this fact and encouraged me to revisit my blog. Here I am.

Of course, I am Me, and I can’t move forward without a quick catch-up session, but I also can’t remember all of the little details so let’s take a visual stroll through the last 2.5 months, shall we? Enjoy!

This dome served us well for over 6 months, but it was time to consolidate the quails and take the dome down to create something new.

I know that it’s a controversial topic right now, but my bf and I got our first dose of the vaccine last month and are about to get our 2nd dose this upcoming week. We got Moderna and went through a drivethru. I’m please with how smooth the whole process was. My bf’s appointment wasn’t until the end of the month, but they offered him a vaccine since they had extra. I’m so glad that he was with me. I went for my usual one hour run and also hula hooped that same day. It felt liberating to know that maybe the world will be safer and healthier than it has been, lately.

We both felt some effects of the vaccine, but nothing unexpected. A mild fever, headache, and low-energy for about 3 days. I’m still glad that we got it, but I have to say that I’m a little nervous about this 2nd dose. I have heard that the effects can be stronger. We shall see how it goes. I’m willing to take these steps to protect myself and others too.

I definitely felt stir-crazy the week we hit 1 year of the “lockdown mentality.” Here in Hawaii, we are still required to wear masks and social distance in public. They have been allowing small groups of people to gather and there are varying levels of following these rules. It is harder to enforce with more people traveling to Hawaii.

Thankfully, I felt more at peace and more brave to explore after we got the first dose of the vaccine. After staying in for over a year and mostly going for our walks at night (when less people are out); it sure was refreshing to go outside in broad daylight.

This newfound bravery also enabled me to get a haircut. It had been over a year since Christopher gave me my quarantine cut and my hair was becoming a literal pain in the ass. It was constantly tangled and very damaged.

What do you think of my new do? I scheduled my masked haircut and when the hairdresser asked me what I wanted; I told him to take the damage away. I was a little shocked by how damaged my hair really was and it took him almost a half hour just to detangle it before he could even start the chop. Sometimes letting go hurts…

I have to say that I sort of miss being able to hide behind my long hair. When I look at these 2 pics side-by-side (they are about a week apart) I feel like the long hair had a slimming affect. In fact, I was a little depressed for about 4 days after. I’m not sure if it was due to the fact that I chopped my hair, but it could have contributed. I was so down and I could not figure out why. Then I finally had a breakthrough.

I practiced Buti yoga for the first time in almost 3 years and I realized that I was at the lowest weight I have ever been during my adult life. I decided that feeling down and just wanting to soothe myself with food and drinking was part of my self-sabotage pattern. The good news is that I didn’t allow myself to drink or overeat. I decided that I was ready to change.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at my May goals!


“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters now.”

  • Be Present.
  • Be free-spirited.
  • Go off the path.
  • Explore your world.
  • Try something new.
  • Go on adventures.

February, March, and April were so consumed by my work schedule, quail care, and my fitness routine. My hard work is paying off and I’m glad I spent those months focusing, but now I feel ready to let go of some stress and have more fun.

Did I tell you about how I have been the main quail caretaker, lately? Our farm passed its inspection and is now a certified farm through the state of Hawaii. We have our food establishment permit in hand and will now be able to sell our quail eggs at the farmer’s markets, stores, and food stands. I’m thrilled that we have reached this point and am looking forward to building our brand!

This week, our renters’ family came to visit and their little brother and sister helped me collect quail eggs. It was so nice to meet people who love chickens, quails, birds, and animals as much as I do!

What else is new? Well, weightloss wise, I hit a plateau for over a month and decided to focus more on cardio. I did my 1 hour runs and 40 minutes of hula hooping almost every day with an occasional rest day. This last week, I decided to start strength training again and I started practicing Buti Yoga.

My latest goal is to really eat cleanly and to have less refined sugar.

I still have more to tell you, but I will sign off for now and hopefully I will be back soon.

What is new and exciting in your world? Please comment to reconnect!

❤ Alana

5 thoughts on “2021 Dream-Catcher Challenge Week #17

      1. I’m so glad that you had a better week. I love thinking back on the time that my favorite person (my Grandma Alice) lost the love of her life. It was so sad to lose Grandpa, but she had done so much for him for years with so much devotion. After he passed she had a whole new and exciting act added to her life. She traveled with us a lot and lived to be 94.
        Here’s to your new act in life. ❤

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